Yes it was real. And it's time to pin it on some hapless quasi government entity like Citigroup. Case closed. Move along. No more questions. Back to your regularly scheduled, low volume, melt up tomorrow. (with +0.5% coming in premarket if you are good children)

'nuff said.

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p.s. One can only imagine all the stop losses triggered today, leaving people with wonderful realized losses.